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April 24, 2008

Notebook, finally

Two weeks ago I got finally a notebook at work. Till then I worked on own old one and had to change broken power supply and HDD in last weeks already. We are slowly (very slowly, as you can see) replacing old notebooks and I was one of two who got them first. I'm glad that my employer chose T61 (review with slightly diff. configuration) with 14.1"w by Lenovo, because I personally would also buy this one or X300. Both have rugged construction and proven design, which I like. With memory of 2 GiB (in compare to my old 512MiB), I don't have to withstand ten minutes of swapping during system update. I can smoothly run the other operating systems in virtual machines (I need to have both x86 and x86-64 CentOS always ready). I can also work on battery! :-) Unlike my old machine it doesn't sound like jet aircraft. I don't have to set black on white theme in terminal when the sun shines in the afternoon, because of very contrast display etc. It is only a pity that the non-widescreen notebooks are practically gone. Firstly I had problems with keyboard layout -- "ESC" is unusually above "F1" and I'm used to have "Ctrl" (not "Fn") in the leftmost bottom corner, but I have got used quickly. I feel more productive with this machine, which you can see as well.

The Linux works fine, everything is well described in ThinkWiki. Now I'm very impatient for new Fedora 9, because there are really cool features (e.g. ext4, fast X startup, NetworkManager enhancements - like PPP,texlive - which I use already from Jiří Nový's repository) and hope I'll be able to connect our wireless network not only once after the NetworkManager restart.

April 20, 2008

From ČSOB to eBanka

This week I got angry a bit on my old bank (ČSOB). They have cancelled my old student (and the only) account, because I didn't bring them the confirmation of study. Although they wrote me 3 times to bring that, I didn't believe they would cancel it :-). Common behaviour in other banks is to change the account type to some generic one. Maybe I had an account with different contract conditions than the nowadays accounts have, because it was opened in old IPB yet. Who cares now. I just don't understand how ČSOB respect their clients, because I think I didn't have a low balance and it must be better for them to tolerate somebody like me than not to have her money.

The next day I have opened new account in eBanka. I was informed by colleague that after the acquisition by Raiffeisenbank, the internal procedures are getting worse only. But can you recommend me better bank (no, mBank is too new for me)? As I look at their internetbanking, I guess that the user interface hasn't changed much since the former Expandia Banka. When I compare that with ČSOB, I miss the possibility to prompt recharge the prepaid mobile numbers (like Twist) and I don't know how to set up the SMS notifications with the current balance on the specific day and hour (like every Friday at 8 PM). So I'm curious if there'll be these features someday or "eBanka 2.0" with completely new internetbanking must be established. If you are interested in eBanka, I recommend you to ask somebody who has their account to show how the internetbanking looks like. I don't think that it is (in compare to ČSOB) so good.

Bad thing on this move is that I planned to overdraw my account and buy an older car, which won't be possible in next 3 month. Good thing is that my employer has an account in eBanka as well, so I'll have my money (which I still haven't received for last month) sooner.

April 6, 2008

Vidi, vidi, vidi

Yeah, today I have seen last 220th episode of the Naruto. The end is opened enough for at least another 220 episodes. But not for me right now :-).

Do you have any suggestions for good and reasonably long anime? I have the Samurai Champloo in my queue already, it has good score. And btw. the Animefest in Brno is getting closer, don't forget to register in time!

I like my new job

I thought I'll blog more with my move to the Blogspot, but now it's my first submission after nearly 3 months :-(. It's mostly because I was pretty busy at new work in January and February and wasn't able to spend tens of minutes writing anything meaningful in English then at home. March was calmer month already.

Although according to my employment contract I should work as programmer, I didn't write any line in our product. I'm doing sysadmin work since I came and have to say it's precisely the job I have fancied. The Good Data is small company with more academic than corporate atmosphere. My first longterm task was to move all internal services to one hosted server and integrate them with the only one password storage -- I'll give details later. Now my primary focus is on the hosting of our BI platform.